Saturday, August 30, 2008

Scout had his hooves trimmed yesterday, and really he was a rather good boy. I was complaining a bit, and then Laura asked me if he was really being all that bad for a kid his age. I had to admit he was being a good boy. He took his hooves away a few times, and was fiddling with stuff a bit, but for a baby he did quite well. I've heard some stories about stubborn babies, and he certainly wasn't that bad. Then I quickly refreshed him on leading and crossing over in the front and back, and then turned him loose.

Soon after that, as I was gathering my things, all hell broke loose and the three boys were running like demon steeds, irrational and strange. Tonka and Mack both had a bad horsefly, or maybe they got stung. I couldn't find a fly on either of them, but they both acted like they were being hurt for a long time. Maybe one of those stings that throbs and stings for a long time afterward. I sprayed them both down with fly spray and soon they were acting more normal. Tonka even let me spray him all over without a halter on.

"A Black Horse in a Dark Place." Laura thinks that would make a good story title. Poor Mack ran into his cave to hide from whatever was biting him.

Later in the day I took Bella away from Scout for the first time. Here are the boys pining after her. Aren't they handsome?

Bella had a nice relaxing grooming session in the shade. I swear this horse is so laid back and not worried that you'd think she was sedated. She checked out a tire and a barrel and walked over some scattered ropes like they weren't there. I think she's going to be a great trail challenge horse.

We wandered over to the bridge and I asked her to step on it. Here she's not so sure it's a good idea:

She needed some reassurance:

And she did it! Needed some more reassurance though:
She was a little nervous about backing off, but she did just fine. Then I quickly tried out the saddle blanket, which she hasn't worn since last fall, and then only once, if I remember right. She wasn't comfortable with it, but she did very cautiously step forward and back with it on her back .

By this point Scout figured his mama needed to get back in the pasture NOW! He was running and calling for a while before I put her back. He nursed immediately. Mack was almost as clingy.

Today I went up to Spokane and picked up a saddle that Arlene was kind enough to let me borrow. I have never ridden in an Ortho-flex saddle, and I'm very excited to give it a try. Thank you Arlene! I think it looks nice on Tonka:

Scout wanted to eat it. So I let him try it on too. It made him want to eat it more. (Don't worry, I didn't let him get his little teeth on it.) I didn't get a picture because I was holding the saddle. He didn't mind much at all though.

I think I'm going to insist on some riding time tomorrow. I can't wait!


Anonymous said...

I really like the way the saddle looks on him.

Lea and her Mustangs said...

Nice pictures. Hope you weren't anywhere near us and not call again. LOL. Let us know how you like that saddle.

Linda Reznicek said...

Man--that Scout is turning out to be GORGEOUS--I can't believe the body on him. Does his eye bother him at all?? It doesn't look like it from the pictures. I need to work on ground things with my yearling. I like the idea of the "bridge" crossing--did you make that yourself?

Andrea said...

Thanks everyone!

His eye doesn't bother him at all. I still don't know how much he sees from it. Sometimes it seems like he's seeing and reacting, and sometimes it doesn't... You wouldn't know he was blind in one eye just from watching him, but he doesn't lead quite as well from that side.

I built the bridge for my husband, actually. He wanted to be able to mow on the other side of the ditch. He needs to get it set into the ground so he can drive the mower onto it. So he's never used it. I don't think it would hold a horse's weight, but one of these days I'll build one that sits on the ground so I can walk a horse over it. Or maybe I'll steal that one, if I can figure out how to move it.